[Air-L] Berkman Fellowship Opportunity: Media Cloud Project Fellow

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Wed Nov 6 03:41:42 PST 2013


The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the MIT
Center for Civic Media seek a fellow to join Media
a project led by Yochai Benkler <http://benkler.org/> and Ethan
Zuckerman<http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/> and
driven by an interdisciplinary team of staff and researchers. The fellow
will lead the production of scholarly papers and outputs, advance specific
research threads, and contribute to the development of research methods and

Media Cloud is an open source, open data platform that allows researchers
to answer complex quantitative and qualitative questions about the content
of online media and helps to support a novel, data-driven perspective on
the dynamics of online conversations.

This fellowship offers an early-stage researcher in social science, data
science, or Internet & society to explore the state of digital media
through analysis of networks, big data, social media, mobilization, and
attention online. This is a unique opportunity to study the networked
public sphere and its impact on current political debates.

A full position description for the job can be found below and on the Harvard
Human Resources

Please note that applications for this fellowship must be submitted through
the Harvard Human Resources website, and will not be collected or
coordinated directly through the Berkman Center.  Apply for the Media Cloud
fellowship here<https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerID=25240&siteID=5341&AReq=30986BR>


*Key Responsibilities Include*

   - leading a research effort to study online debates related to Sexual
   and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), investigating the framing of
   terms around sexuality, reproductive health and rights, as well as training
   a small subset of advocates working on these issues on the use of our tools;
   - working closely with project members from the Berkman Center and
   Center for Civic Media to coordinate and conduct research, writing, project
   outputs, and preparing publications;
   - documenting processes and strategies for using Media Cloud;
   - cultivating and supporting relationships among faculty and other
   experts in media, social science, law, computer science, journalism, data
   visualization, and other fields to understand substantive issues and
   objectives, assess needs and capabilities, and collaboratively develop
   research methods to meet the project’s broader goals;
   - contributing to the development of the research and technical
   - planning, communicating, and implementing Media Cloud workshops and
   - managing the selection, oversight, and mentorship of student
   - developing plans and timelines to advance project priorities and meet
   deadlines; and
   - providing additional project support as needed.

The fellowship is positioned to share time between the Berkman Center and
the Center for Civic Media at MIT, working closely with researchers, staff,
and faculty at both institutions. The community of fellows and researchers
at the two Centers includes a wide range of people working on issues
related to Internet and society, including scholars, practitioners,
innovators, and others committed to understanding and advancing the public

*Basic Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree required.

*Additional Qualifications*

Candidate should be energetic and passionate about working on issues
related to social mobilization and network analysis. Superior writing and
verbal skills, sound judgment, exceptional ethical standards, and proven
abilities in interpersonal communication, supervision, project management,
and team building are required. The fellow will have heart, verve, and
vigor; a can-do attitude; a very good sense of humor; and a strong desire
to affect change in the world.

Demonstrable knowledge of statistical and content analysis, text analysis
and natural language processing, visualization, and the ability to produce
large social science research outputs is preferred. Familiarity with the
intersections of policy with technology, regulation, and social impact is

An advanced degree in a related field is strongly preferred. Experience
with technical, substantive, and organizational work for non-governmental
or academic organizations is useful, in addition to experience in managing
and guiding participating researchers and collaborators.

*Additional Information*

The Centers encourage and support inviting and rigorous intellectual
environments. The right candidate will thrive in a committed,
collaborative, and tight-knit community that encourages creativity and
humor, supports deep inquiry, values novel approaches to solving problems,
strives for transparency, continually builds upon best-practices and
lessons learned, and supports its community members’ independent and
collective goals.

In order to most fully and efficiently carry out her duties, the candidate
will attend workshops and conferences, and will have frequent opportunities
to expand his/her knowledge.

The annual salary is $48,000, and is eligible for health benefits.

The position is administratively housed at the Berkman Center, and will
report to the Research Director at the Berkman Center.

As with all Berkman Center positions, this is a term appointment expected
to continue through 12/31/14, subject to department need and funding, with
strong potential for continuation based on funding and institutional need.

*About Media Cloud*

Using Media Cloud, academic researchers, journalism critics, and interested
citizens can examine what media sources cover which stories, what language
different media outlets use in conjunction with different stories, and how
stories spread from one media outlet to another. Media Cloud was the
research tool used to develop the recent publication, “Social Mobilization
and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA
For more information about Media Cloud, visit: http://mediacloud.org.

*About the Berkman Center for Internet & Society*

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a
research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and
help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from
Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing
community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects
that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology,
and society. More information can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu.

*About the MIT Center for Civic Media*

The MIT Center for Civic Media works hand in hand with diverse communities
to collaboratively create, design, deploy, and assess civic media tools and
practices. We are inventors of new technologies that support and foster
civic media and political action, we are a hub for the study of these
technologies, and we coordinate community-based design processes locally in
the Boston area, across the United States, and around the world. Bridging
two established programs at MIT—one known for inventing alternate technical
futures, the other for identifying the cultural and social potential of
media change—the Center for Civic Media is a joint effort between the MIT
Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. It is made
possible by funding from the Knight Foundation.  More information can be
found at http://civic.mit.edu/.

*Commitment to Diversity*

The work and well-being of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at
Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our
network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national
origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We actively seek and
welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community,
and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and
practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.


If the Media Cloud fellowship is not for you, but you're interested in
Berkman's fellowship program, please read more on our fellowship
We are currently accepting applications for 2014-2015 fellowships through
our open call<http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/fellowships/opencall20142015>,
through which applicants propose their own course of study.  Applications
through the open call will be accepted through December 8, 2013.

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